Hops: Warrior, UK Goldings, UK Fuggles, Cascade, Centennial
Sampled: 12 oz. bottle (provided by brewery)
Winter Storm may be Hugh’s favorite beer in the Heavy Seas
catalogue. Our winter ale draws on hops from the West Coast and the UK for its
pronounced bitterness. A mix of pale and darker malts give it its tawny color
and its bigger body. True to the style, Winter Storm’s aroma is nutty malts and
earthy hops. This is a perfect fall beer, especially because of its warming
qualities. — Heavy Seas
I first tasted Heavy Seas beer this summer during a visit to
Boston.Heavy Seas is located in Baltimore,
and primarily distributes in the eastern US.They also specialize cask ales and have one of the largest (if not the largest) cask programs in the country. I enjoyed their beer and wanted to give
their winter beer, Heavy Storm, a try as part of my series on winter seasonals.
Deep amber in color, clear, with an off-white head that
dissipates slowly. Aroma of caramel, earthy hops, molasses and a faint whiff of
alcohol. The taste starts with rich caramel and toast. In the middle, plum and
nutty flavors emerge, along with a touch of brown sugar sweetness. Hop
bitterness is moderate throughout, but partially muted by the malts. Winter Storm is medium bodied, has a creamy mouth
feel, and finishes with toasted malt and warming alcohol.
Rating: 4 star. Really good! I want this again!
Winter Storm is the kind of beer I look for in a winter seasonal. Its rich malty flavors and full body provide a perfect complement the cold and dreary
weather. So let this Winter Storm warm you up the next time the Polar Vortex comes your way.